Comic-Con 2010: Sucker Punch Panel


Zack Snyder's next film Sucker Punch features badass babes breaking out of a mental institution. That tagline alone had us firmly planted in a Hall H seat at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con.

With ladies like Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Emily Browning, Vanessa Hudgens and Jamie Chung in one movie, who wouldn't want to be there?


  • Geoff Boucher and Zack Snyder kicked off the panel with a one-on-one discussion.

  • Snyder is a huge fan of fantasy. "Nice to make material not based on super glue or something like that."
  • Snyder introduced Carla Gugino, Jamie Chung, Vanessa Hudgens and Emily Browning

Footage rolls. Unbelievably fast-aced and sleek and gritty. Reminiscent of Sin City, but way more intense and action-packed. If you like women kicking ass, this film has plenty of it. Amazingly imaginative and creative. Reminds me of a video game on steroids.

  • Snyder says it is still a little ways from finishing the movie.
  • Emily Browning is "shaking like crazy" after watching the footage.
  • Vanessa Hudgens said the footage was "so cool and had no idea it would be that awesome."
  • She gets to shoot the biggest guns. Runs around with saws and .50-cals and more.
  • Jena Malone rallies the troops in the film.
  • Jamie Chung's Amber is "extremely loyal."
  • Carla Gugino says the "footage was crazy" and explains her character is a dominatrix/choreographer/madonna.

Boucher calls it Alice in Wonderland meets One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

  • Snyder claims the girls did such an amazing job, it would be great without any of the action.
  • Snyder explains the importance of each character's dance moves, which becomes integral to their personas.
  • Baby Doll doesn't dance because she's not allowed to yet.
  • Jena Malone explains that Mrs. Schulz would be a sound therapist in the real world, which translates into dances in the alternate reality - interpretive dance and burlesque that explores the internal struggles of each character.

Q&A begins

  • The "twins" from the Green Lantern questions are back and ask what it's like to work with an all-female cast.
  • Snyder finds them amazing. They "never flinched."
  • When he asked them to do crazy things, they always went for it.
  • Next question is for Jamie Chung - How does she prepare for this role?
  • Chung had a crash course on flying a plane and a chopper. She trained with the girls for three months, which was a huge physical commitment.
  • Boucher asks about the song used in the trailer, which was When The Levee Breaks by Led Zeppelin. Snyder says it was nearly impossible to get, but not in the film.
  • The next question asks the women about becoming the ass-kicking women of cinema.
  • Emily Browning claims it could have been a parody if not done correctly. Overall, it is too early to tell, but the women praise Snyder for creating multi-dimensional women.
  • Snyder used same stunt coordinator as 300 and Watchmen. "Some stuff in this movie we've never done before."
  • "Each thing is its own thing." -Zack Snyder
  • Next question brings up Inception and how it deals with crossing over to the fantasy world and people's minds. "How do you define the line between fantasy and reality?"
  • Snyder spent a lot of time trying to figure the device that transports you and the rules of the alternate reality. They all need to coalesce in the end.
  • Snyder thinks it has a chance at being rated PG-13.
  • Compared the rating decision to Orc-killing in Lord of the Rings. Killing fantasy creatures are different.
  • Carla Gugino claims women are "complex creatures." Snyder "really likes women and writes awesome characters for us to play."
  • Snyder on Xerxes: 300 screenwriter and Snyder are working on Xerxes, which is being drawn right now by Frank Miller. They will "knock that out."
  • Vanessa Hudgens auditioned several times and never expected Snyder to give her the part.
  • The cast sits in the crowd to re-watch the footage.


Hop on over here to watch the trailer the was shown at Comic-Con: Sucker Punch trailer.

Wait until you see this trailer. The footage is breathtaking and intense. It includes some of the most elaborate and creative visuals I've seen in quite some time. It reminds me of every fantasy video game put into one massive film. Samurai swords, burlesque dancing, firepower, explosions and vast landscapes with creatures as large as a skyscraper. All of the CGI looks complete and a continued improvement on his previous work. So good that they are re-playing the footage.

I will go as far as to say Sucker Punch looks amazing and instantly became one of my most anticipated films of 2011. I have never seen anything like the footage shown today.

Sucker Punch hits theaters in March of 2011.

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